Deb Erika Knows a Thing or Two About Sister Stories

This week we’re talking about books you might also enjoy in the same vein as our debuts! I like to think LITTLE GALE GUMBO has something for everyone. A dash of magic, a splash of food, a sprinkle of mystery and a hearty serving of romance. But one of its most prevalent themes is sisters, as the story centers around the lives of sisters Dahlia and Josie and how their…

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Deb Erika Watches Plot Devices Go the Way of the Dodo and Wants to Cry

Recently I was chatting with a group of fellow writers about how many of our favorite plot devices in movies could no longer be used in modern cinema because the technology has changed, and while I’m not sure you could make the same argument for novels, I thought it would be fun to make a list of those plot devices that could never fly today. The Plot Device: The guy…

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Deb Erika gives thanks to agents who were more than kind…

Recently I was asked to speak with a high school writing club about my long and winding road to publication, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to revisit my extensive collection of rejection letters from agents that I had amassed over the twenty-plus years of querying as a way to show students the power of perseverance, and I am so glad I did. Because in the midst…

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Day Deb Erika Threw Out Her Journals

Since this week is all about Spring Cleaning—and as Deb Joanne so aptly put it yesterday, we’re not talkin’ the kind you need Pledge or Scrubbing Bubbles for—I thought I’d share a post I did a while back on my own blog on this subject of cleaning out. In my case, I threw away some of  my most treasured written materials: my journals. * * * * Recently, I boldly…

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Deb Erika writes the Mother lode

Yesterday, Deb Joanne started off our week of Mothers with a wonderful tribute to our own Deb Mom Marcia. So today, I’m veering into the world of fictional moms—specifically those I’ve written. In LITTLE GALE GUMBO, Camille Bergeron is mother to two very different daughters. I won’t say I modeled the relationships on my experience as one of two daughters and a mother who is very close to both of…

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA Launch Week: Deb Erika’s Q & A with Molly!

Oh wow! Not only do I get to host Day Two of our Week-Long Deb Launch for Deb Molly’s THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA, but it just happens to be the official release day for the book–how honored am I??!! Yesterday you got to read Deb Joanne’s question, so here’s the one I posed to Molly: Molly, every character in THE PRINCESSES OF IOWA is richly-drawn and diverse and comes across…

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Deb Erika Thinks Resistance Isn’t Always Futile

We all know: a writer’s life is full of its own unique temptations. So when it came time for me to write my post for Temptation Week, I thought about the many ways we are tempted in a single writing day (and night) and I couldn’t pick just one. Instead, I opted for a list of some of the many. Ladies and gentlemen… You know you’re a writer if you’re…

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

In her books, Deb Erika has been known to wear the pants

Once again, it’s confession time at the Ball! This week’s tell-all subject (as you now know from Deb Joanne’s post yesterday) is plotting. Specifically: Plotter or Pantser? Now I’ll admit—only within the last few years have I come to know of this “pantser” term. I had no idea—really!—that there was such a category. When I realized there were other writers out there like myself—and that we had a term for…

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Here’s the pitch–and Deb Erika takes a swing!

Thanks to everyone who entered our Query Critique Contest! The contest is now over, but stay tuned each day this week to see who our winners are (remember-we said we were giving away 5 critiques!). Today`s winner is Delia! Congratulations, Delia! We`ll get in touch with you soon, but in the interim, get polishing that query! * * * * Pitches are tough. With the exception of Deb Joanne’s well-timed…

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

When it comes to submissions, sometimes Deb Erika Does and sometimes she Doesn’t

As someone who sold her first book after twenty years of submitting, I have collected a fair amount of Do’s and Don’ts on the subject and wanted to share some of mine with you all. After reading them, I hope you’ll chime in on whether you agree or disagree with any of them—and feel free to add some of your own! DON’T sweat the small stuff. So you misspelled your…

Tuesday, April 10, 2012